Michigan’s Favorite Apple Recipe Contest Kicks Off Zehnder’s Snowfest 2018!

l-r: Gretchen Mensing (Michigan Apple Committee), Grand Prize Winner Colleen Gawrylowicz of Caro, Rob Clark (Michigan Sugar. Photo by Terry Henne)

What a great time Art and Ann had at Michigan’s Favorite Apple Recipe Contest, held on the first day of Zehnders Snowfest 2018! The grand prize winner was Colleen Gawrylowicz of Caro. Her winning recipe, in the pasta category, was “Tortellini Salad.” Linda Schmidt of Kawkawlin won first  place in the pasta category with her “Chicken, Apple and Bacon Carolina Pasta Salad.”

There were also dessert and sandwich categories (which Ann had the privilege to judge!).  The dessert winner was Jessica Bryant of Shepherd, for her “Best Apple Bars.” In the sandwich category, Melissa Kildee of Grand Blanc won first place with her “Pickled Apple Pork Belly Banh Michigan” sandwich.

Here’s the full list of winners:


1st Place – Linda Schmidt, Kawkawlin – Chicken, Apple and Bacon Carolina Pasta Salad

2nd Place – Colleen Gawrylowicz, Caro – Tortellini Salad

3rd Place – Carol Kammer, Marysville – Pure Michigan Lasagna


1st Place – Jessica Bryant, Shepherd – Best Apple Bars

2nd Place – April Cutler, Applegate – A Pioneer’s Pearl

3rd Place – Susan Datte, Freeland – Grandma’s Apple Bourbon Dumplings


1st Place – Melissa Kildow, Grand Blanc – Pickles Apple Pork Belly Banh Michigan

2nd Place – Judy Jones, Bay City – Turkey Club Apple Slaw Sandwich

3rd Place – Linda Cutler, Atlanta, Michigan – A Gouda Apple Cranberry Grille

Congratulations to all, and here are some photos from Ann’s judging experience! The second photo below is the sandwich winner (absolutely delicious). A

photos by Ann Williams



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